Find temporary accommodation
Many graduate students and postdoctoral fellows choose to arrive on campus before the semester begins to get settled and enjoy all summer in Vancouver has to offer. There are a number of accommodation options for students who choose to arrive before their move-in day:
YWCA Hotel Vancouver
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this inexpensive hostel-style hotel is reasonably priced at about a third of other hotels in the area. Click here for more information. (You might also be able to find other incoming graduate students to share a larger room via the new grad students facebook group.)
For students arriving very early, or just visiting the campus for the summer, SFU Residence rents out private rooms in Jack & Doris Shadbolt House and Pauline Jewett House from mid-May to mid-August for $40/night, or 4-person townhouses for $149/night. Visit the SFU Residence page for more information.
Hostels and budget options
There are many more affordable options available, particularly in the downtown Vancouver area. Many hostels offer the option to share a room for a reduced rate, which creates greater safety concerns. Always read reviews from others who have stayed there and keep an eye on your possessions. Some options include:
- Hostels, bed and breakfasts, and budget inns: Hostels.com is a great tool to find rooms.
- tripadvisor provides listings for vacation rentals from $24/night in Burnaby and includes price protection. See tripadvisor.
- Airbnb is a popular tool for homeowners to rent out rooms on a temporary basis, but some renters have encountered safety concerns. If you do decide to go with this option there are many rooms available around all three campuses for varying prices. See Airbnb.
- Flipkey.com also offers temporary accommodations in private homes. See Flipkey's Burnaby listings.